AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // February 28, 2018

    Calling all community service providers!

    Have you heard about the Vancouver Food Asset Map?

    This map highlights the many food resources available across Vancouver neighbourhoods.

    Mapping food assets helps highlight the strengths, gaps and areas for improvement in our local food systems.

    Community service providers (such as yourself!) can use these maps to help themselves or their clients access food, enhance food literacy, and build community connections.

    We invite you to come be a part of an exciting project to help improving food accessibility in your local community!

    Join us at our upcoming tutorial events where we will show you how to use the Vancouver Food Asset Map, including:

    • Step by step instructions on how to use the map
    • Commonly asked questions – explained
    • Take home multi-lingual instructions for distribution


    Upcoming workshops:

    Monday, March 5th, 2018
    Strathcona Community Centre – Activity Room
    601 Keefer Street. Vancouver BC, V6A 3V8
    RSVP here.
    This session will be led by Lauren Brown of the Strathcona Community Centre and Kathy Romses of Vancouver Coastal Health


    Friday, March 16, 2018
    Carnegie Community Centre – Auditorium
    401 Main Street. Vancouver BC, V6A 2T7
    RSVP here.
    This session will be led by Dounia Saeme of the Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project and Kathy Romses of Vancouver Coastal Health


    Food & drink (vegetarian options available) will provided. Please register in advance as space is limited. 


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, News, Poverty Reduction // February 26, 2018

    The cause of local food insecurity is deeply intertwined with the roots of poverty. As individuals and families in Vancouver are increasingly unable to afford the rising cost of living, they are forced to make hard decisions about their food choices. While empowering people with skills and knowledge is important, we must also address the many root causes that contribute to food insecurity.

    Community pressure has pushed the government to commit to a poverty reduction strategy. Now we need community action to ensure that it’s a strong plan with legislated targets and timelines. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.

    The BC government is currently asking British Columbian residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

    Use the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s easy email form to send a message to the government consultations.

    They have put together a guide sharing the key messages and policies to highlight in the consultations.

    For inspiration, check out our submission here.


    Community Meetings

    Community Meetings are going to be scheduled across the province to consult with British Columbian residents about what should be included in the Poverty Reduction Strategy. We will share more details about these community meetings as soon as we have them. You can also visit the government’s site for updates on what they’re doing.

    Friendship Centres are also organizing Indigenous Poverty Reduction Consultations across the province. For more information, click here.

    The government is offering supports to help you participate, including transportation, child care, disability and health supports, as well as secure storage for belongings. If you need supports to participate, you can contact contact Lara Therrien Boulos by phone at 604 718-8504 or email:


    Vancouver, Session 1:
    Date: Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018
    Location: Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre, 920 E Hastings Street
    Time: Doors open at 10 a.m. The community meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

    Vancouver, Session 2:
    Date: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018
    Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street
    Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, Food Justice, Migrant Justice, News, Poverty Reduction // February 8, 2018

    Nominees for the Roger Inman award: VNFN members with Raise the Rates and Sanctuary Health

    Last night, the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks attended the CCEC Credit Union AGM as a shortlisted nominee for the Roger Inman Memorial Award, which is given annually in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of the community.

    Congratulations to Sanctuary Health who took home first prize for Roger Inman Memorial Award. They are doing really important work to support refugee and migrant health in Vancouver. It was an honour to be shortlisted alongside them and Raise the Rates, who are both doing really significant advocacy work.

    Thanks again to CCEC for the recognition for our work.


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, Indigenous Food Sovereignty // October 12, 2017

    In case you missed it, check out the spectacular photos of the Wild Salmon Caravan parade from Saturday, October 7, 2017.

    Drumming, regalia, costumes, floats, signs, banners and more all express our love for, celebration of, and deep concern to protect Wild Salmon. Led by Salish Matriarchs, the parade started at the Native Friendship Centre and walked up Commercial Drive to Trout lake where a salmon ceremony was held at the lake then followed by an amazing salmon feast, speakers, and performances.

    This initiative was supported by our Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, including Grandview Woodlands Food Connection, Cedar Cottage Food Network, and Little Mountain-Riley Park Food Network.

    All photos by Murray Rankin. Read the full blog post on the Grandview Woodlands Food Connection blog.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, Food Justice, Migrant Justice, Neighbourhood Food Networks, Renfew Collingwood Food Security Institute // September 17, 2017

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    Our local Neighbourhood Food Networks are doing amazing work all across the city!

    This month, check out the work that our local Neighbourhood Food Network Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is doing around themes of migrant + food justice and celebration.

    For more updates on the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, follow them on Facebook & WordPress


    Movie Night: Migrant Dreams

    Join our local Neighbourhood Food Network Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute for a film screening of MIGRANT DREAMS, a powerful documentary on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 22, 2016


    The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks rallied support behind Raise the Rates’ 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge, which began on October 16th, 2016, World Food Day.


    Explore more here.


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 17, 2016

    This year’s Welfare Food Challenge starts on October 16th and participants will be expected to purchase all of the food that they consume for 7 days with only $18. This is the amount that Raise the Rates, the organizer for the challenge, has calculated someone on welfare has left for food after paying their expenses. Last year the amount was $26, but the rising cost of rent has reduced the amount by $8 to a measly $18. It’s clearly impossible to adequately feed oneself with $18 per week and the Challenge emphasizes the absurdity of a social welfare system that produces such an outcome in a rich country.

    Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFNs) work to reduce food insecurity through initiatives such as community kitchens, food rescue, bulk buying, skills building workshops, meal programs, and advocacy, and recognize that policy action is needed to address the root causes. “Sadly, we are seeing a rise in demand and increasing waitlist for some of our food distribution programs….many people simply cannot afford to buy food when faced with the increased cost of living in Vancouver. People are forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. We recognize that the Welfare Food Challenge is not a Challenge that can be won” says Ian Marcuse of the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.

    Income assistance rates in BC have been stagnant for the last 9 years, with a single person receiving only $610 a month. This is not enough to support basic needs, nor positive health outcomes. Furthermore, these rates violate people’s human rights and basic dignity. The Dietitians of Canada (2016) point out that there are serious negative effects on physical and mental health when people cannot afford a healthy diet – food prices in BC have risen 12% since 2009 and “it is timely for further income and disability assistance reform so that more British Columbians can afford sufficient healthy food and meet their nutritional needs.”

    Raise the Rates’ Welfare Food Challenge draws attention to this issue from the lens of food insecurity. VNFNs support Raise the Rates’ call to action to raise income assistance rates recognizing that people require the financial means to purchase their own food, and will be participating in the Challenge. Charitable food solutions to hunger are not solving the problem: more than 12% of British Columbians remain food insecure even with substantial amounts of support from the charitable food sector. Local communities are doing their part and VNFNs call on the provincial government to increase food security by raising income assistance rates.

    VNFNs represent 12 neighbourhoods across Vancouver and engage with the most marginalized community members, witnessing first-hand the detrimental impact that barriers to accessing food and abject poverty can have on complex health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and cardiovascular disease. It is often those with the greatest need for high quality nutritious food that face the most difficult barriers to accessing it.

    Information on the Welfare Food Challenge can be found at:


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 2, 2016


    Nourish Our Neighbourhood is our annual fundraising campaign. One hundred percent of proceeds from this campaign will go to support community-based food initiatives in your community. 50% of net proceeds will be given in your neighbourhood and 50% will fund the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, our umbrella organization.

    We need your support! All throughout the month of October check out our amazing partners here.




    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // September 22, 2015

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    NYN POSTER Havana Dec 31-2

    Announcing through to the end of the year, Havana Restaurant on Commercial Drive is donating $1 from each dessert to the Vancouver Neigbhourhood Food Networks.

    Thank you to the participating businesses who partnered with the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks to raise funds for our work. Participating businesses donated proceeds from their special promotions to your local neighbourhood food network and to the citywide Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks during the month of October, 2015. Participating businesses included:

    • Havana Restaurant: $1 from each dessert throughout the month of October will be donated.
    • The Fish CounterPartial proceeds on October 17 Pink Salmon Day  donated with thanks to the FISH counter and the MV Pacific Provider.
    • Nester’s Market Main Street: A Healthy Gift Basket will be raffled off at Garden Fantasies: A Seed to Seed Event, hosted by the Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network, in partnership with the Terry Salmon VPL Branch and the Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association, on October 18th from 1-4pm at Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way.
    • Organic Acres – proceeds from the sale of winter squash.


    Download the event poster here>>


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // September 22, 2015

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    7th Annual Sustenance Festival

    October 13-25, 2015

    A city-wide festival with local food-inspired workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, dances and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.

    Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Food Networks are hosting a variety of events and workshops throughout the city. See the full schedule at